If you’re like most people, you’ve probably tried everything. From running and the elliptical to lifting weights and yoga. Unfortunately, the pounds just won’t come off! The thing is, we are all searching for the best workout to lose weight fast and the answer has very little to do with your workout! There are four main reasons why this is happening to you and if you simply tweak your workouts and your attitude, you will start to see some amazing results. Here’s why you’ve been failing.
1. Not Consistent
I am constantly falling victim to this downfall. I will get motivated and workout for about a month. Then I decide I need a “rest and recovery week” so I take a few days off. Those few days turn into a couple of weeks. Then after those weeks, I decide that I really need to start working out again! So, I do. Sporadically, like once or twice a week. This is what I’m trying to avoid so I do my best to stay consistent.
One of the main reasons why a lot of people aren’t consistent is their LIFE! You know, work, kids, schooling, business…BEER. People run out of time and prioritize exercise right out of their schedule. This mostly happens, I believe, because of the length of their workouts. In people’s heads is this little voice argument that goes like this:
“YOU need to go to the gym.”
“Yes, I do.”
“Do you have time? I mean, it’s about 90 minutes out of your day.”
“You know, you’re right. By the time I get dressed, prepped, grab my water and towel, load up the car, drive there, check in, wait or an open machine, and so on, it’s so much time.”
“Yeah, you really don’t have time today. Too busy!”
“Absolutely. I’ll make time tomorrow for SURE. Let’s go get some Taco Bell.”
Anything that hampers your desire to workout is an obstacle you need to eliminate. I decided to move out of the gym routine and into my garage. Plus, I learned how to get an awesome workout in about 15 minutes or so. I really have no excuse now! Set yourself up for success by removing any obstacles or excuses so you get your workout in. Which leads to the next reason for workout failure.
2. Not Intense Enough
There have been so many studies done out there that come to the conclusion more intense for shorter periods is better than long, steady, even workouts.
In Calorie Secret’s article “How to burn more fat while exercising” the bottom line is, to really hit that fat you need to raise the intensity. Get that heart rate going hard (I do this with Interval Training) and you will see success a lot faster.
A mix of the two is probably the best approach (makes logical sense) but if you are going to skip that 45 minute cardio set, at least get in a 12 minute heart-pumping interval workout.
3. No Weight Resistance
Building lean muscle is crucial to changing your body. Not only will adding lean muscle help you look better, it will also aid you with your calorie burning throughout your day. If you’re a runner and love cardio work, that’s perfectly fine, but you need to add some weight lifting a couple times a week to see some awesome results.
The best work out to lose weight should combine weight resistance and cardio. If you’re wondering what that is, check out this article: Best Exercise To Lose Belly Fat for Abs And Over All Weight Loss
4. Your Calories
This is THE biggest obstacle standing in your way. We know how much water should I drink to lose weight–a lot. But what is the real problem? You are simply eating too many calories. It’s very simple.
If you burn more calories than you ingest, you will lose weight.
There are a ton of arguments about the kind of calories you’re eating (carb vs. protein, fat vs. fiber, etc.), but it ALL really comes down to calories in vs. calories out. Sure you can sit there and figure out if you have the perfect balance of carbs and protein and fat and fiber, but let’s deal in REALITY here: Who has time for that? And to do it EVERY day so you don’t get off track is practically impossible! What if you eat at a friends house or go out somewhere and you have no idea what is in the food you’re eating?
Stop trying all of these ridiculous “diets” and “calorie counting plans.” They don’t work because you can’t keep up with them every day, day in and day out. So you fail and give up. AGAIN.
Simply start to eat less like taught in the Half Meal Habit and you will succeed with your weight loss. All of the other above issues come into play but your calories are your biggest obstacle. If you’re wondering, “”How Many Calories Should I Eat In A Day Per Day?” I talk about it there.
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